Here are some notes and observations from practice:
A lot of eyes are on the Dolphins' running backs this week, and particular Knowshon Moreno and Lamar Miller. The Dolphins have a decision to make in two weeks of which players should start in Week 1 of the regular season against the New England Patriots. Miller, the incumbent, has been the leader in the clubhouse as Moreno dealt with a knee injury. However, Moreno had a stellar Dolphins debut Saturday against the Dallas Cowboys with 64 yards on 10 carries. The players shared first-team reps Monday in what could be a sign of things to come.
The Dolphins' passing game had a sloppy practice. The quarterbacks, at times, were inaccurate, and the receivers had issues with drops. Miami No. 1 receiver Mike Wallace, slot receiver Brandon Gibson and rookie receiver Matt Hazel were among those who put the ball on the ground during team drills. The Dolphins’ starting offense scored only three points in six drives over the weekend due to turnovers and sloppy play.
Jake Rogers is the fourth kicker Miami signed this summer. Interestingly, the Dolphins have had injury issues at the position. Rogers made 3-of-4 field goal attempts in Monday’s practice. He missed wide left from 48 yards. According to Rogers he got the call from Miami on Saturday night.
On the injury front, the Dolphins got some good news with linebacker Koa Misi, who sat out of Saturday’s preseason game with a shoulder injury. Misi practiced, as well as fellow starting linebacker Philip Wheeler, who has a thumb injury. Dolphins rookie guard Billy Turner is expected to miss multiple practices with a foot injury.
It was interesting to see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers become the first team to publicly show interest in former Dolphins guard Richie Incognito. Miami suspended Incognito during the second half of last season for bullying and harassing former teammate Jonathan Martin. Incognito has since cooperated with the NFL during the offseason after becoming a free agent. Now, with injuries happening around the league, Incognito is garnering some interest. The Dolphins played the Buccaneers in the second preseason game.
The Dolphins will resume practice at 10 Tuesday morning and must cut their roster to 75 players in the next 24 hours.